I wrote the following article for Copenhagen Exclusive Magazine. It appeared in print last year but never made it online. It’s filled with lots of tips on things to do in and around CPH during the summer! Wonderful Copenhagen also compiled a list of Sea View Hangouts.
Sunset at Furesøen – Denmark’s deepest lake
When the days become longer and lighter and the sun begins to warm the skin, people in Copenhagen celebrate. It’s time to enjoy the outdoors and take full advantage of the summer splendor.
Having spent many years in Texas prior to living in Denmark, and as a foreigner here, I have come to fully appreciate the summer and the sun. There’s a special magic that happens and you can feel it in the air. Eating ice cream, barbequing, sun bathing, boating, swimming and picnicking are just some of the ways Danes typically enjoy the summer. Depending on your idea of outdoor fun, here are some of my favorite picks for getting the most out of the best season of the year. In Copenhagen there is surely something for everyone!
For the Young & Trendy
You will find the hip and beautiful lounging around or taking part in summer outdoor fun at one of the many bars and cafes, as well as canal swimming areas in the city. The swimming areas and boating activities are also ideal for kids.
Docken – Sand bar, restaurant, concert hall, club, theater, music and art
Færgehavnsvej 35, 2100 København Ø, Tlf: + 45 39 29 92 00
Christianshavns bådudlejning og Café – canal boat rental and floating café
Ovengaden Neden Vandet 29, 1414 København K, Tlf: +45 32 96 53 53
Islands Brygge & Copencabana at Fisketorvet – Harbor swimming pools in the middle of the city
Copencabana: Havneholmen, 1561 København V, Tlf:+45 23 71 01 85
Københavns Havnebad Islands Brygge: 2300 København S, Tlf: +45 23 71 31 89
Halvandet – Open air marina with café/lounge, barbecue, beach volleyball, kayak polo and miniature golf
Refshalevej 325, 1432 København K, Tlf: +45 70 27 02 96
*New this year…thanks Christian for passing on this tip 🙂
You forgot the most important (and newest) of the bars for the Young and Trendy: Mulata Social Club on Amager Strandvej 110 … taking the pleasures of Barbarellah to the beach …
For the Beach Goers
With a 7,300 km-long coastline, Denmark offers a good variety of beaches and some not so far from Copenhagen city. A range of activities are on offer including scuba diving, jet skiing, kite surfing and volleyball.
Amager Beach Park – A new beach located just five km. from the city with outdoor cafes and water sport equipment rental
Amager Strandvej 246, 2300 København S
Ishøj Strand Park & ARKEN Museum – One of the best beaches in Denmark and newly remodeled modern art museum
Ishøj Strand, 2635 Ishøj & ARKEN Museum: Skovvej 100, 2635 Ishøj
Bellevue Strandpark – Considered the “Danish Riviera” with Arne Jacobsen-designed complex and restaurant nearby, and water bike and windsurfing rentals
Strandvejen 340, 2930 Klampenborg
For the Picnic Packers
There is nothing like packing a picnic, taking it to a local park and enjoying it in the fresh air. You can do this just about anywhere around Copenhagen, but these parks offer tranquil and beautiful surroundings to relax and simply enjoy.
Assistens Cemetery Cultural Centre – Popular picnic spot for locals where famous Danes including Søren Kirkegaard, Hans Christian Andersen and Niels Bohr are buried
Kapelvej 4, 2200 København N
Kongens Have (The King’s Garden) – The city’s oldest and most visited park, and part of the Rosenborg Castle grounds
Øster Voldgade 4 B, 1350 København K
Dyrehaven (Deer Park) – Royal family’s former hunting grounds with walking paths, horse and carrage rides and the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken
Dyrehaven 1, 2930 Klampenborg
For Day Trippers to the Lakes
Canoeing at Lake Bagsværd
Just north of Copenhagen three lakes await the outdoorsy types with loads of activities from canoeing, boat tours, kayaking hiking and swimming. The 30 km long Mill River (Mølleåen) from Frederiksdal to Øresund offers a long, serene ride passing old mills and scenic landscapes. The river starts in Lyngby/Jægersborg Hegn. Here are some great spots to enjoy an authentic Danish summer meal.
The Mill River: Raadvad Kro Restaurant – Historic inn and fine dining in the forest
Svenskevej 52, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, www.raadvadkro.dk
Lyngy Lake: Havnehytten – Lakeside restaurant and picnic area
Rustenborgvej 21, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, www.havnehytten.info
Furesøen: Restauranten ved Frederiksdal Fribad – Excellent outdoor grill, swimming and boating
Frederiksdal Badesti 1, 2830 Virum, www.fribad.dk
Bagsvraed Lake: Sophienholm – Gardens, historic art exhibition hall and cafe on the lake
Sophienholm, Nybrovej 401, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, www.sophienholm.dk